LITTLETON – Throughout the season, Kate Mastrobuono and her teammates were chasing a historic, but seemingly unattainable goal – to give Dover-Sherborn her first-ever women’s lacrosse title.
With the perfect combination of top executives and young talent, however, the Raiders felt their 2021 squad offered the best opportunity to accomplish the feat, and they would succeed by toppling a juggernaut on Friday.
Mastrobuono finished with six goals left and two assists, as Dover-Sherborn clinched his Premier League. 2nd in the championship with a 12-10 victory over the perennial Bromfield Powerhouse at Littleton Middle School.
“It’s amazing,” Mastrobuono said afterward. “We have been waiting for this moment since the start of the school year, but also especially since the start of this season. We knew we had a special team here. With Bromfield, we also knew all season that we were probably going to meet (against them). They were great competitors, but it’s amazing that we were able to finish it. ”
During the first five minutes of the Div. 2 title game, however, it didn’t look like the Raiders (19-1) were going to achieve their aspirations.
Bromfield, who had beaten his opponents 67-12 in the entering State playoffs on Friday, certainly looked like the schedule everyone had backed them to be ahead. The Trojans quickly took the 4-1 advantage with 7:16 left in the first quarter behind a pair of Olivia Kehoe goals.
However, it was precisely at this point that Mastrobuono decided to take it up a notch.
For the remainder of the first half, the Raiders limited Bromfield to one goal, while Mastrobuono herself scored four. She also added two assists, as Dover-Sherborn took a 9-5 advantage in intermission.
“We knew (Bromfield) was going to be really strong,” Mastrobuono said. “We knew they were going to score goals, but we couldn’t let that stop us. I think we were really good with our possessions, and we didn’t force the shots. We made sure we had very good selections of shots. I think that’s how we stayed there, and the defense was stuck. ”
Mastrobuono added two more goals in the third quarter, while Ameilia Novich scored her second of the game to give Dover-Sherborn a 12-6 lead before the last stanza.
Throughout the game, the Raiders focused on eliminating Bromfield star Izzy Planchet. As the Virginia Tech line-up caught fire in the fourth quarter scoring a pair of goals, there was simply too little time for the elder to bring the Trojans back into the game.
In a strangely similar fashion, Bromfield would ultimately fall into a program reached in the State Finals, with a score identical to his last appearance (a 12-10 loss to Norwell in 2018).
In addition to Mastrobuono’s exploits, Coco Hauck scored two goals for Dover-Sherborn.
Kehoe finished with a hat trick for Bromfield.
“It’s amazing,” said Raiders coach Erin Massimi. “Again, it’s all about the girls. I’m here to help them along the way, but it’s their heart, their momentum that got us to this point, and I couldn’t be more proud of this group and what they have accomplished.